The Teen Project holds 10th anniversary Fashion Show Benefit at South Coast Plaza

The 10th anniversary of The Teen Project Fashion Show Benefit was held on Sunday, May 5 at Saks Fifth Avenue in South Coast Plaza. The Teen Project provides resources for at risk teens who have aged out of the foster system and are often victims of human trafficking. The resources provide such things as the support of a family unit, safe housing, financial support towards higher education, counseling and mentoring on how to lead a productive, happy and healthy life.

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Photos by Brian Knott, FMK Photography

(L-R) Robin West & Kate Malouf, co-chairs of The Teen Project Fashion Show Benefit

Ten years ago, CEO and Founder of The Teen Project, Lauri Burns met Deborah Keillor and Jennifer Blanchfield. These two incredible mothers along with their daughters and friends asked Burns what they could do to help make an impact for these young women? Keillor and Blanchfield created The Teen Project Orange County Committee, comprised of young women and their mothers in our local community that have contributed to bettering the lives of those who needed a second chance at life.

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(L-R) Lauri Burns and Deborah Keillor

Over the past decade the OC Committee has helped raise awareness and fundraise more than $2 million.

“It’s so wonderful to see how The Teen Project has grown over the past 10 years. The Teen Project residents and teen project committee members have built a special relationship,” said Keillor, who served as the Fashion Show Benefit producer. “The positive impact will last a lifetime.”

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(L-R) Robin West and Kate Malouf presented Tessa Azur of South Coast Plaza with an Award for Recognition of a Decade of Continued Partnership

This year’s 10th Anniversary fashion show and celebration featured gorgeous looks from Saks Fifth Avenue and was co-chaired by Kate Malouf and Robin West. South Coast Plaza has continued to be a great support and partner for this incredible organization and event year after year.

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The Teen Project advisory board

The beautiful day of celebration featured live in-store experiences from Yellow and Lace, The Jolly Sheep, French Buckets Florals and was catered by Fork, Knife + Spoon.

For more information about The Teen Project and its annual OC Committee Benefit, go to and


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